Confession time: I’m a bit of a hoarder. It’s true, I have very little self control when it comes to buying clothes, shoes or beauty products. When I think back to the amount of money that I wasted over just the last 12 months alone on unnecessary products that I absolutely didn’t need to buy, I’m a little nauseas. Even more so when I think about all the different ways I could have spent that money. Ugh.
Anyway, that isn’t even the worst part. What’s worse is that after I buy it, half of it seriously just sits there for months on end, unopened and unloved 😦 Typically my 18 year old sister makes out like a bandit because of this – I usually give her a ton of my old stuff that I either haven’t used or barely touched. And lucky for her, she gets it for Free-Ninety-Nine. These products below are just the ones I’m giving from this last clean-out.
I’ve put together a guide below for you to reference while you do a HUGE spring cleaning this weekend *Hint Hint*! I always feel 10000% better when I’ve organized. Not sure whether to save or toss that unopened lipgloss from Victoria’s Secret’s 2007 collection? TOSS. We’re about to get super organized up in here ok ladies? Now let’s get in formation:
- Check the expiration date. Once you open a product, the clock starts ticking. Face makeup? 6 months for liquids, 2 years for powders. Mascara? 3 months. The dark, wet environment is a total breeding ground for bacteria. And what’s more horrifying than putting a want of bacteria 2 centimeters from your eyeball? Lipglosses + lipsticks? 1-2 years. Hair products? 1 year. Skin care? No more than six months. Bottom line- if it’s questionable, TOSS IT.
- If you’re wondering if you should buy it, the answer is simple – probably not. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve bought something strictly because I was bored. A good rule of thumb is to think about it and if you really want it, order it online. Or if you’re mindlessly online shopping, ask yourself if you’d go all the way to the store to buy it. If the answer is no, then you probably don’t really need it.
- There’s no need to “save it for later”. See all these samples? My mom gave them to me as part of Christmas present… in 2015. No lie, theses samples are all two years old. And you know why? Because I’m always saying that I’ll “save them for later”. The great thing about samples is that they’re the perfect way to try products out without having to actually spend money on them. So why the heck would you not take that opportunity? Use your samples and then decide if you like them enough to spend money on the real thing!
The Final Product